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Program for Saturday

Small Animal Medicine


Cailin Heinze, MS, VMD, DACVN
Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University / North Grafton, MA

As a veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Cailin Heinze strives to optimize the nutritional needs of animals hospitalized at the Cummings School’s on-campus hospitals, the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Tufts Wildlife Clinic, and the Hospital for Large Animals. As one of Tufts’ two veterinary faculty who serve as Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, Dr. Heinze helps to deliver the service, academic mentoring and research that comprise the nutrition service at the Foster Hospital.

Pain Management

Mike Petty, DVM
Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and Animal Pain Center / Canton, MI

Dr. Michael Petty is a veterinarian and certified veterinary pain practitioner and acupuncturist. As the owner of the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and Animal Pain Center in Canton, Michigan, Dr. Petty has devoted his professional life to the care and well-being of animals.  He is the past president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the co-author of the 2015 American Animal Hospital Association Pain Guidelines. A frequent speaker and consultant, Dr. Petty has also published articles in veterinary journals and elsewhere. He is the author of Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs, published by Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton, on February 1, 2016.

Food Animal Medicine

Small Ruminants

Auburn University / Auburn, AL

David Gartrell Pugh earned both DVM and MS degrees from the University of Georgia in 1981, and a MAG in Agricultural Entomology in 2013. He received post-DVM training at Virginia Tech and Texas A & M University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology (1986), the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (1992), and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (Parasitology 2012).

Pugh has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and Auburn University, owned a large animal practice in Georgia, has been a consulting veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health and Pfizer Animal Health, project veterinarian and Director of Farm Operations for the AU Equine Source Plasma Project (a multi million dollar research grant), and is currently Director of the Al Vet Diagnostic Lab System.

Bovine Reproduction

David Patterson, PhD
University of Missouri / Columbia, MO

David Patterson was raised on a diversified farming and ranching operation in south-central Montana. Patterson holds a joint appointment in research and Extension in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Patterson’s research is focused on the development of methods to synchronize estrus in beef heifers and cows, with recent work directed largely toward the development of methods to facilitate the use of fixed-time AI. Patterson in addition coordinated development of the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program, the first state-wide on-farm development and marketing program for beef heifers in the nation.

Equine Medicine


Bo Brock, DVM
Brock Veterinary Clinic / Lamesa, TX

Bo Brock received his DVM in 1990 from Texas A&M, graduating magna cum laude. In 2004, he fulfilled the criteria to become a diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in equine practice. Dr. Brock is owner/operator of Brock Vet Clinic in Lamesa, TX. A 2007 Texas Equine Practitioner of the Year, Dr. Brock sees over 10,000 equine patients a year – performing hundred of arthroscopes, colics surgeries and over a thousand lameness exams. Beyond the clinic, he is a nationally-recognized speaker on equine medicine and his humorous writing may be found in many veterinary medical magazines as well as Amazon. Dr. Brock’s book “Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere” has been as high as #2 in the Amazon best selling list with over 100,000 copies sold.